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  1. OP, I could've written nearly your entire post . The only difference is that I was diagnosed six years ago, and I would never use a non-gluten free toaster. I definitely live on the edge though. I've eaten so called gluten-free Thai food from hole in the wall restaurants, and take small risks from time to time. I've never eaten obvious sources and gluten though. I thought certainly that I'd have crazy high antibody levels, but when I had them tested a few months ago, my TTG was only a 9. Down from 120 at diagnosis.
  2. Almond milk, cocoa powder, protein powder, peanut butter, stevia, ice. I usually sub some of the milk with cold coffee.
  3. School is so so so so so so different than homeschooling. It's like apples to oranges. I volunteered in my sons k class last year and noticed all the cute little things they did that filled up time. Not intentional time wasters, but they took time nonetheless. When they'd go somewhere in the hall, they would sing whisper a cute little song about being quiet in the hallway before they went. Stuff like that. Yes, school is not the most efficient use of time, but they're not just sitting around all day. The kids were kept plenty busy doing age-appropriate activities that I just didn't have the energy or drive or desire to do. Like glitter. Or hopping around like frogs after reading a frog book.
  4. Mini goals with a reward after each. Buy a cool necklace or treat yourself to a movie when you've lost the first 10. Stuff like that.
  5. "...our pets heads are falling off." From Dumb & Dumber. It comes out after complaints become excessive. I use it to make fun of myself too. I've also been known to say, "eat your food, Tina." From Napoleon Dynamite. Both go over their heads.
  6. The word "yummy." Shuffling of feet. Pick them up already!! Kids repeatedly tapping the table or kicking their chairs during meals. Humming People playing their music loudly in public places.
  7. They need to finish undergrad first. Honestly I'm more concerned about the timing of their first baby than the age of marriage.
  8. If you love your life where you are, DO NOT MOVE! Trust me, just don't do it. The older you get, the harder it is to find good friends. Happy wife = happy life. Seriously, don't start over. Send your husband on a bunch of exotic vacations or something.
  9. Not helpful for this year, but did you know there are a few camps in the Midwest that have "celiac week"? EVERYTHING is gf at that time. I'm not sure how they handle cc though.
  10. I didn't know whether I'd cry or be singing from the rooftops. I definitely didn't cry. My days flew by! Honestly, from my experience, I'd send them all. Having one home and the others not was a bit of a drag.
  11. I sent 3 last year and they loved it. I did zero prep and all was well. They figured it all out. I even had a kid who didn't like using pencils and look who can write pages in pencil now! The teachers were all wonderful and everyone loved school. Seriously, I keep waiting for my bubble to be burst, but this school rocks my world. I'm so incredibly glad we went the public school route. ZERO regrets. Such a relief for me. The only prep I wish had done was some simple social stuff for my socially clueless kid. He kept unintentally flaunting his smarts and the other kids didn't appreciate that. I wish I had taught him how to either keep his mouth shut or correct other people more respectfully.
  12. Level 4 was 6 hours but at least half the boys added another day to make it 9. 3hr practices. Level 5 is 9-10 hrs.
  13. Just figured it out. The routines are original and practice times will be less. Crossing my fingers this comes to my city! I really do not want the commitment of a level 5 and would much prefer this.
  14. How is this different from the division 2 program that came out last year? One of my boys was a level 4 and competed without the bonuses. I wonder if this will replace that. I am all about this!
  15. My situation was the same. I put her in school the year all the kids come together from different elemrnaries (5th) and it's been great. At some point the stress of having to be EVERYTHING to my daughter was making me miserable. I had to be teacher, mom, chauffeur, etc., all the while trying to be available for her to talk to (she's a talkative little thing) and take care of her siblings. I'm only one person and it's totally unnatural for a human to have to be so much to one person. This was after getting involved in tons of extra curricular and burning myself out further. School may not be the answer for you, but we tried it and have both been very happy with it.
  16. I think I threw away my cutting boards and toaster and that was it. Maybe mesh colanders. During the first few months, expect that you will have mishaps. I still occasionally do some airhead things, like grab the wrong broth and I've been gf for 6 years. So because of this, there's really no need to replace most kitchen things. As the gluten washes out of the pots and pans, you'll be working on tweaking the diet. Fwiw, we do not have a gluten free home. We share condiments (no double-dipping) and I buy wheat bread for dh and the non-celiac kids. My daughter and husband occasionally make pies and other gluten-filled desserts. I just had another blood test and my numbers are excellent. So keep that in mind.
  17. You've got it right. I meant endoscopy. Good catch.
  18. Celiac here. Did not need endoscopy test. Positive ttg with high numbers was enough. I was nearly asymptomatic at diagnosis. Despite the high numbers I'm not super sensitive. I'm not going to add a ton of info, because the posters above have pretty much handled it. Find Me Gluten Free is a website/app that is helpful for locating restaurants. King Arthur chocolate cake and Funfetti gf mixes are the bomb. I find funfetti at target. I mail order most gf stuff from vitacost and get everything else from Aldi and Costco. When in a bind and can't figure out what to make for dinner, follow this: meat, veggie side, potatoes/rice. Easy peasy and balanced.
  19. Dh is not white (he's biracial with a seldom-seen combination) and he detests that question. He knows he looks different. He feels different. And when people ask this, it feels like they're saying "you're different." It gets old.
  20. DH is a primary care doctor and that is pretty flexible since it's in such high demand. There are women who work 2 days per week. Obviously this isn't the greatest choice to go into after having kids (the training is insane), but if the training is in place before kids, I think this would be something feasible. This is what I see as well. I homeschooled until this past school year so most of my contacts are homeschooling moms who don't work outside the home, but of the people I've gotten to know that do work, a mom or MIL has done huge amounts of work to make it happen. We're talking picking up the kids from school, taking them to soccer, walking their dog, feeding kids dinner, etc. These moms have school-age kids and I don't know how they handled it when the kids were tiny.
  21. Sounds fine. It's really good.
  22. Your post sounds almost exactly like me a year ago. I'd been running on empty for so long, and while my intentions were good, i was seriously struggling. I felt like I was going to snap. I'd gently like to point out that sending only one kid to school isn't exactly going to give you a huge break. If you're on the verge of breakdown, a small improvement doesn't really help much. To give your kids the best mom, you may need significant time to relax and heal. My advice: send anyone who can go. K on up. If you need a break, you need a break! I told my kids 2 weeks before school started (because that's when I decided that enough was enough) that they wouldn't be homeschooled anymore. They cried. But you know what? They're all super happy where they are now. They're all thriving. Nobody has asked to come home and would probably be devastated if I suggested it. If given a choice at the time, my kids would have wanted to stay home, but they didn't know what was best for the whole family. And the ones most opposed were stretched out of their comfort zones and thrived! They grew in ways they never would have at home. Peer pressure isn't always a bad thing. All of them have made friends with great kids. They seem to sense who the jerks are and steer clear. Something I've noticed is that while sending them has been super helpful, a year has not been enough to recover from the intense burnout. I *still* feel like I'm recovering from the constant stress and having to be everything to everyone in the family. Because I waited so long to find a healthy balance in my life, my recovery is a lot longer than it really had to be.
  23. Hit me with your best ideas. Mom-to-be is admittedly high maintenance and has no tolerance for cheesy.
  24. Dh got over it in about 3 days with tamiflu.
  25. Take a pic, email it to yourself. And delete.
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